Looking out at the town water tower (which I love) from the sugar mill (which I also love).
I wish I had the equipment then that I have now… I look back at these 10-year-old pictures and can’t ignore all the grain.
The north side of the plant is modern 60s industrial architecture, meaning massive open spaces with no personality. This mirror is the most interesting thing I could find.
The flour mill (rear) and its elevators. The taller elevator was moved here in 1955, when the Harrisons bought it from Federal, who declared it surplus. The smaller elevator replaced an earlier smaller warehouse in 1926. Taken shortly after dawn. This one picture made the drive worth it, for me. Medium Format.
General Mills bought Consolidated Elevator’s “D” in 1943 and renamed it “A,” though no additional elevators have followed from that firm to date. Visible on the right is the first annex, built along with the elevator in 1909.
The fantastic red elevator that is Pool #61, built 1928.
Although most of the buildings were open and empty, a few carried signs.
In case one forgot… mounted behind the appropriate valves. Who hasn’t memorized the appropriate valve positions?
In the basement were all the valves to control the flow of municipal steam through the building. This hasty hand letting was beside one such valve, near a carved brick with a name and ‘1934’ under it.